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Man City boss Pep Guardiola makes Raheem Sterling penalty admission amid VAR controversy




Sterling went down in the Shakhtar Donetsk penalty area despite no contact from any defender.

The attacker didn’t appeal for a decision but referee Viktor Kassai pointed to the spot regardless.

David Silva had already broken the deadlock but Gabriel Jesus, who scored with a hat-trick, needed no second invitation to score from 12 yards.

City are in devastating form and the Ukranian champions had no answer to their potent attack.

They hardly needed to the bonus of a penalty that never was and VAR’s introduction next season should prevent such clear errors from being repeated.

“We realised it wasn’t a penalty,” Guardiola admitted after the crushing 6-0 win.

“Raheem could have told the referee. We don’t like to score in that situation.

“You know VAR and what it is – the referee must be helped because they don’t want to make mistakes.

Raheem Sterling

Man City news: Raheem Sterling went down under no contact (Pic: GETTY)

Raheem Sterling

Man City news: Raheem Sterling scored a great goal later in the game (Pic: GETTY)

“The game is so fast these days. It takes 10 seconds for somebody to say something to the referee.

“[Would you tell a player to pass the ball to the keeper?] A coach would never say that. But I’m young, I will learn.”

Sterling scored a wonderful, curling effort in the second half before Riyad Mahrez netted six minutes from time.

But he admitted that the penalty should not have been awarded.

Pep Guardiola

Man City news: Pep Guardiola looked sheepish after the first penalty was awarded (Pic: GETTY)

He told BT Sport: “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref.”

Manchester City boss Guardiola said: “Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level.

“Tonight we are going to not think about Sunday’s derby because of the first defeat by Lyon and then conceded a goal against Hoffenheim.

“The fact it’s not done will make sure we will focus on the competition. The day after tomorrow we will focus on United.”


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